The Great Gatsby Obsession Analysis

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Obsession can develop in many ways, whether it is a love interest, a dream job, obsession can form for many reasons. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, he explores society’s infatuation with the American Dream of obtaining wealth and the consequences of that dream. Fitzgerald’s novel tells the story of Nick Carraway, the narrator, who moves to the wealthy neighborhood of West Egg. Nick becomes curious about Gatsby, his neighbor, and learns that Gatsby is pursuing Daisy, the wife of Tom Buchanan. This leads to a rivalry between Tom, an old college friend from Yale, and Gatsby where Fitzgerald warns of the consequences of obsession with a dream through the power struggle between the two characters. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald warns…show more content…
It took over 100 years from the country’s inception for it to stretch itself from ‘sea to shining sea.’” (The American Dream Is Killing Us by Mark Manson) Due to plentiful resources, the dream of establishing a life in the New World grew into a dream that anyone can become successful. Therefore, this dream grew to the point where it is not just a dream but the American Dream, as Manson explains, “The American Dream is simple: it’s the unwavering belief that anybody — you, me, your friends, your neighbors, grandma Verna — can become exceedingly successful, and all it takes is the right amount of work, ingenuity, and determination.” (The American Dream Is Killing Us) In The Great Gatsby, which is set in 1922, Fitzgerald suggests that the American Dream leads to an unhealthy obsession. Fitzgerald communicates this through the struggle of Gatsby attempting to achieve the American Dream. As Fitzgerald writes, “[Gatsby’s] parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people-his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg … sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby attempts to
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